This Day in History

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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In Alaska

• In 1900, the post office at Uyak was established on Kodiak Island with Herbert Hume as postmaster.

• In 1913, Juneau's new city hall, at the corner of Fourth and Main streets, was ready for occupancy.

• In 1942, the Alaska Highway formally opened.

• In 1967, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced plans to open the continental shelf in the Gulf of Alaska to oil and gas exploration. He suggested that oil and gas revenues could provide a solution to the Alaska Native Land Claim problem.

• In 1977, Doyon Ltd. and Louisiana Land & Exploration Co. abandoned plans for a fourth exploratory well in the Kandik Basin (northeast of Fairbanks) after the first three yielded nothing.

• In 1979, 4,000 pounds of mail for Anchorage and Rural Alaska was lost as a mail container van washed overboard in the Gulf of Alaska.

In the nation

• In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

• In 1922, Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.

• In 1927, picketing strikers at the Columbine Mine in northern Colorado were fired on by state police; six miners were killed.

• In 1934, the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, opened in New York.

• In 1964, the upper level of New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which connected Brooklyn and Staten Island, was opened.

• In 1967, President Johnson signed the Air Quality Act.

• In 1969, the Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement Haynsworth, the first such rejection since 1930.

• In 1973, President Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18 ½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

• In 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

• In 1997, President Clinton signed a law giving the Food and Drug Administration new powers to speed the approval of drugs to combat a host of killer diseases, including cancer and AIDS.

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